New commissioner to enhance cross border cooperation

11 Jun 2024 |
12 June 2024

Southern Downs border communities will soon benefit from the appointment of a new Cross Border Commissioner to facilitate collaboration, streamline processes and address cross-border challenges, following an announcement by the State Government this week.

The dedicated position is expected to play a pivotal role in fostering stronger relationships between local governments, regional bodies, state agencies, industry associations and community groups to help resolve local issues faced by Queenslanders living close to the border.

Southern Downs Mayor Melissa Hamilton welcomed the announcement and said it was a positive development for the region’s border communities.

“During COVID, our border towns of Wallangarra and Jennings learnt just how difficult life could be with different systems and regulations on either side of an invisible line,” Mayor Hamilton said.

“By bridging gaps and promoting dialogue, the new Commissioner will serve to provide valuable advice to stakeholders and government entities, ensuring effective coordination and resource sharing across the border.

“We can expect to see a more integrated and collaborated approach to policing, essential services, health care, schooling, trade and disaster management.

“I want to thank the State Government for listening to border communities and establishing a Cross Border Commissioner to break down intergovernmental barriers and encourage the sharing of support and resources.”

The new role represents a $3.26 million investment over three years to establish the Office of Queensland Cross Border Commissioner and will be based at a regional centre, yet to be announced.

Last edited date 12 Jun 2024